*Back-To-School Smart Tips for Safe Brushing & Healthy Teeth*
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* It is recommended for children to brush their teeth 2 to 3 times a day after meals.
* Use a fluoride-free toothpaste that is safe to brush. Children can brush unattended and is even safe to swallow.
* According to ADA (American Dental Association) and CDC (Center for Disease Control), more than 33% of American children have some type of dental fluorosis. <#_edn1>
* Since 1997, FDA mandates that toothpastes that contain fluoride (as an active ingredient) must include a warning label to contact poison control centers in case it is over ingested by children.
* Dr. Sharp has developed *Strawberry Cream Kids Natural Fluoride-Free* *Toothpaste* that does not contain any bad chemicals such as Fluoride, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Paraben and Alcohol.
* Use a toothbrush designed for children with soft and rounded bristles and a small head to reach back teeth and limited space areas.
* Change your kids? toothbrush every 2 months or as soon as bristles are worn out, so they do not harm your kid’s gums.
* ADA recommends the use of non-fluoridated water for preparation of children’s formula due to the risk of fluorosis (toxic contamination with excess of fluoride in the body).
* Be wise with your kids? lunch box and meals: avoid sugary (sodas, artificial juices) or starchy (crackers) snacks, since they can increase the risk for cavities.
Dental Fluorosis is a brown and white mottling of the teeth. Dental fluorosis is an irreversible condition caused by excessive ingestion of fluoride during the tooth forming years. It is the first visible sign that a child has been overexposed to fluoride.
Moderate Fluorosis (photo #1) Severe Fluorosis (photo #2)
Source: ADA Website http://www.ada.org/1767.aspx
The ADA offers these recommendations so parents, caregivers and health care professionals who are concerned have some simple and effective ways to reduce fluoride intake from reconstituted infant formula. If liquid concentrate or powdered infant formula is the primary source of nutrition, it can be mixed with water that is fluoride free or contains low levels of fluoride to reduce the risk of fluorosis. Examples are water that is labeled purified, demineralized, deionized, distilled or reverse osmosis filtered water. Many grocery stores sell these types of drinking water for less than $1 per gallon. Parents and caregivers should consult with their pediatrician, family physician or dentist on the most appropriate water to use in their area to reconstitute infant formula. Ask your pediatrician or family physician whether water used in infant formula should be sterilized first (sterilization, however, will not remove fluoride).